The pensioners of the State who have lost their job extra because of the pandemic can pocket the Benefit of the canadian emergency (PCU) of $ 2000 per month, in spite of their advantageous pension.
Annuitants of the public service have been surprised to learn that they were entitled to emergency financial assistance, after having seen a contract of freelance work to be suspended because of the sars coronavirus.
Audit, the pension income has no impact on the eligibility of the PCU, regardless of its magnitude.
“The pension income has no impact on this eligibility-there. […] If people have lost a source of income, they are eligible because they have lost a job because of the COVID-19. What are the criteria for all the world, no matter where it comes from the board “, says one to the cabinet of the federal minister for Employment, Carla Qualtrough.
It can even be a pension from the federal public service, provincial or municipal, or even a retirement pension of the various police forces across the country.
Many young retirees of the State or ex-police officers remain active in providing their services to contract in their area of expertise, which allows them to earn a supplementary income to their pension.
Of course, these retirees must meet all of the criteria that allow to reach the federal assistance, says the press officer Marielle Hossack.
To be entitled to the PCU, it is necessary to, for example, have accumulated an income of at least $ 5,000 in the last year. Note : the amount of the pension does not count in the calculation of the income minimum of $ 5,000 in the last 12 months, insists that Mrs. Hossack.
Harm the economic recovery
The conservative mp Alain Rayes reminds us that the PCU has been introduced to help Canadians in a crisis situation.
“We realize that the government has significantly expanded the program, which made sure that even people who are not in a situation of emergency due to the effects of the COVID-19 have access to the measurement of the PCU “, he says, in an interview.
More importantly, the member for Richmond-Arthabaska and lieutenant policy of the Quebec conservative Party, noted that the assistance program put in place by the government of Justin Trudeau at night to the economic recovery. “It is a little wacky like situation,” he said.
With an unemployment rate close to 20 % of the companies have difficulty in recruiting, ” notes Mr. Rayes.
“The government is putting in place a program that encourages more to stay home than to go to work, insists the elected conservative. People don’t want to work more than 15 or 20 hours per week, otherwise they will be penalized at the level of their program.” In effect, it is necessary to have suffered a loss of income and earn less than $ 1000 per month (without regard to retirement income) to be eligible for the PCU and keep it.
The future of the service
Last week, Justin Trudeau has hinted once again at the end of the PCU.
While the déconfinement is accelerating in the country and that the citizens are gradually of their job, the canadian prime minister argued that the people ” will have less and less need “.